Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Salon

My big plan for the day involves heading slightly north to the city of Lowell, which is hosting the Lowell Quilt Festival this weekend. Quilting is my other hobby, and this annual festival brings together quilts and quilters (not to mention vendors) from all over the region and all over the country. It's not a huge festival on the order of those which take place in Texas and Kentucky but it's the biggest thing around here and it's a lot of fun. I plan to gape at the beautiful quilts and shop for patterns. Should be good!

As far as reading, I'm still working through Oscar and Lucinda and I'm about to finish Sana Krasikov's wonderful book of short stories, One More Year. I think The Glimmer Palace, by Beatrice Colin, is the next August release on the agenda for me, though I won't start that until I'm back from California. I've picked out a selection of books for the trip, including

The Reader, by Bernard Schlink,
On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan,
Travels in the Scriptorium, by Paul Auster, and
Summer Lightning, by P.G. Wodehouse.

All of these are thin little novels I've been wanting to read for a long time. I know I'll buy books while I'm away but those I will have shipped home. I'm bringing little books because I'm hoping I'll have time on all the flights to knock a few titles off my TBR pile and read some things just for me. Because that's what vacation is all about, right?